The weekly downtown art walks continue Friday, Aug. 19. More than a dozen art galleries located within two square blocks keep their doors open for visitors and this week, two art venues will be hosting receptions.

Lauren Veale Jewelry Studio, the city’s newest art venue, invites visitors to discover a wide assortment of metal and gem art creations. Also extending an invitation is Art Alliance Gallery (AAG), a cooperative of six artists whose works include traditional painting, woodturning, weaving, glass slump and Japanese fish rubbing prints.

Musician Mike McFarland will perform. Traveling between art spots, visitors will encounter sidewalk dance performances by Helene Melone and antics by mime Scot Cannon.

The Belfast Art Walks begin at 5:30 p.m. and generally wind down around 8 p.m. or so. For more information on the walks and participating galleries, visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to